Wait, wait, wait. Hasn’t the Los Angeles Lakers’ time with LeBron James been an unmitigated disaster?
You can call it , sure. But remember we’re talking about James’ first season in Hollywood. He’s signed on for at least two and, besides shouldering some blows from the injury bug, he still looks like the most dominant force of the league.
That is where the Lakers’ foundation begins. It may be enough on its own to justify our top spot.
But there is more to consider here.
Former No. 2 select Brandon Ingram was in the middle of a breakout until deep venous thrombosis prematurely finished his third season. Kyle Kuzma year’s diamond in the rough, has pushed nearly all his categories that were counting . Lonzo Ball continued flooding stat sheets together with per-36-minute marks of 11.8 points, 6.5 assists and 6.3 rebounds prior to an ankle injury shut him down.
Kuzma is 23 years old; Ingram and Ball are 21. Whether they’re commerce chips or building blocks, they remain valuable assets.
They’ll need more win-now help, if the Lakers will make a tournament run with James. But given their financial flexibility, youthful talent and potential top-10 select this summer, they possess the capacity to snag a celebrity (or more) for the second straight offseason.
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